Fabulous science photography


Science can be so incredibly dry. That’s what I often thought during my studies. And I think everyone can understand what I mean. Well. This year’s competition for the best science photo, which takes place for the second time and is organized by the renowned British Royal Society, proves the opposite.

 The awarded photos look so fabulous and dreamy as if they’d been taken from a Disney movie. But take a look for yourselves – and get enchanted by the stunning beauty of science. Here I’ve chosen my favorites for you, but you can find more photos on the website of the Royal Society.

 Prizes were awarded in the following categories:

  • Behavior
  • Ecology and Environmental Sciences
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Micro-imaging

Beyond that the overall winner was awarded as well. Deservedly. I think. Because Imre Potyó captured the flight of mayflies at night. The photo was taken at the Danube River in Hungary. While the stars, which we like to associate with a very big time span, shine in the background, these incredibly short-lived insects sparkle in the foreground.

Dancing with stars “The nuptial dance of mayflies” / Imre Potyó

bild2“In a world without colour” / Tane Sinclair-Taylor ( Category winner: Ecology and Environmental Science)

bild3“In balance“ / María Carbajo Sánchez (Category winner: Micro-imaging)

bild4“Departing eagle ray“ / Nick Robertson-Brown (Category winner: Evolutionary Biology)

bild5“In search of food“ / Jonathan Diaz-Marba  (2nd place winner in the category: Behavior)

bild6“Butterflies and caiman“ / Mark Cowan

Off the beaten track with Sightsmap


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Are you also one of those people, who always have their camera or their smartphone on hand? Ready any time to take a photo, no matter if you are walking around your own city or traveling the world? I’m definitely one of those people. Whenever I leave the house, I’m looking for my next photo motive and since I’m living in one of the most photogenic cities in the world, my memory cards are full within only a few hours.

When I’m traveling it’s even worse. I’m often catching myself shooting exactly those buildings or places, which were snapped by millions of people before me. “Photo hotspots”, so to speak. As a result, my pictures are often pretty identical to those of millions of other photographers and that is exactly what I don’t want them to be. This is way I started to search for the most photographed places in the world and then NOT take a picture of them. 😉

Sightsmap is the perfect tool for that mission. Like an infrared camera it shows you the “hottest” , meaning, the most photographed, places in the world. There have been pretty amazing findings already, also about human behavior. For example, the map made obvious, that most humans do stick to the beaten paths and therefore, most of us experience and see the same things while traveling. That is a pretty scary insight for me. That’s why I decided to walk off the beaten path and to take more photos of places and sights, that aren’t on top of the Sightsmap ranking.  Who knows what Photo treasures I will find?! 😉

Ansel Adams


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“A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.“

That’s only one of many great quotes about Ansel Adams’s photography. Ansel Easton Adams was born in San Francisco, California, in 1902 and died in 1984. He was a US photographer and counts among the most popular and most important photographers in the world. He owes his popularity to his impressive landscape and nature photographs.

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FacesbehindVoices – An inspiring project by an inspiring person.


An autodidact, who, instead of telling his date of birth, rather tells that he loves Spaghetti since 1977. A guy, that went to Berlin for a couple of years, just to give it a try and who is now able to pride himself with collaborations with PhaseOne and Broncolor.

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Portrait of the photographer

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Small things in the city


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A sunny summer afternoon in the city. Always with me, my camera and my favorite lens, the SIGMA Art 35mm f/1,4 DC HSM.

Sometimes I like to photograph small things and most of the time, exactly those photographs are the most valuable souvenir to me. I’m not a materialistic person and I don’t care about having a bunch of material things. That’s why I value my virtual collection so much. Today I went for a spontaneous expedition through the city and I decided that I take a closer look of things, something I usually don’t do.

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New York Air: The View from Above


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Remember my blog post about the International Drone Aerial Photo Competition? Today I’ll show you something similar – photos taken from a bird’s-eye view. Taken by George Steinmetz, who takes his camera with him on a helicopter ride and who creates jaw dropping photographs while doing so.

More than a year, he took photos of New York from above and the results are simply stunning. His photos of New York are showing the city over the course of time.

Looking at his photos gives me a sense of freedom and they give me a serious yearning for NEW YORK.

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Review: Sigma 20mm ART F/1,4 DG HSM wide-angle lens


Belonging to the Sigma ART series, this wide-angle lens is characterized by its excellent bokeh performance.

With the 20mm Art F/1,4 DG HSM lens, Sigma managed to create an exceptional tool for astronomical pictures. This lens covers a huge focal length, while simultaneously catching big quantities of light with the aperture. High quality night sky pictures are therefore no problem with this lens.

For the affordable price of about 1050€, the processing of the camera body is of an excellent quality and it is pleasant to hold. Although, since it is loaded with technical features, it’s a bit heavier than other lenses. Its weight is about 950grams, which shouldn’t be an issue for an experienced photographer.

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The very special backgrounds – Sarah Oliphant


Who of us doesn’t know the unique pictures taken by Annie Leibovitz – one of her trademarks in studio photography being the exceptional backgrounds she uses. Structures. Color gradients. Unique patterns. These backgrounds give her images an additionally distinctive character!

But where do these works of art come from? And yes, in this case you can definitely call them works of art, as they’re all hand-painted. Hand-painted by this woman, Sarah Oliphant!

For more than 30 years she’s been painting with her colleague Adelaide Tyrol the very special screens for film productions, photo shootings, or even for the theater and much more. The list of her clients is endless, as not only Annie Leibovitz but also many top photographers are among her fans (we’re talking about names such as Stephen Klein or David LaChapelle). Fashion houses ranging from Marc Jacobs to Ralph Lauren and Prada have already used Sarah Oliphant’s painted works of art on several occasions. And even in the Editorial sector the list of clients is very long, ranging from Vogue Magazine to the Rolling Stone to Harper’s Bazaar and The New York Times.